aneko24 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-18-09, id: 694093
Author has written 20 stories | Young Adult, General, Haiku, Life, Essay, and Love.
β : aneko24 is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Mmmm... I edit for flow and sensibility. I don't make huge changes, instead I usually catch the areas where the writing isn't as strong and focus on making them better- before the FP audience catches them and wonders what the heck happened. Also, I catch quite a few typographical errors and grammar problems. Basically, a good bit like my best reviews, but before someone else reads it.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
hmm... I make things work. If you can dream it up and it is remotely plausible (see "would rather not" for what I consider plausible), I can probably make it happen. I can write in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person; present, past, and future tenses. My preference is 3rd person past, although I've also published a fair bit in first/present. I can do long, descriptive, poetic stories, or blunt in-the-moment kinds of stories. I get very into the characters I'm writing for (occasionally too much...), so my character dialogue and thoughts are very genuine.

I catch deus ex machina and tell you (the writer) about it. Possibly in a blunt manner.

I'm big on style, and I like my style an awful lot. But I'm not going to edit out your own style and replace it with mine.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'm not particularly good at thinking up ideas from scratch... key the "I make things work" from above. I make ideas work. I don't come up with them very often. But hey, that's your job as the primary writer...

If it's a very short piece, like a paragraph or something, I'm not going to be able to do much with it. I need at least a page or two to work with before I can actually make good edits.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Oooh... Long poetry. Realistic fiction (as in over fantasy). Songfics/album fics. Short poetry. Pieces with lots of dialogue. Short-stories. Novels. Haikus.

I.e., just about anything.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Slash and/or Femslash. Nope, sorry. Ain't going to do it.
I'm also going to adhere pretty closely to T-and-under.

Fantasy where you don't have rules to the magic. That's called "deus ex machina". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina Aristotle ranted about it. Justine Larbalestier rants about it. _I_ rant about it. And I ain't putting up with it, sorry. I'll edit it out if it's there. And don't complain to me if/when I do.

TOUCHY WRITERS. I'm not going to flame you or something, but I will say in a direct manner "This sentence is awkward. Here's another way you could put it -new sentence-". I'm a beta. I'm an editor. That's my job. I'm not going to just say that everything you write is perfectly peachy, and you shouldn't expect me to.

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
All Fiction
All Poetry
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Poetry
Adventure
Mystery
Parody
Angst
Suspense
Fantasy
Tragedy
Crime
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship